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    Default Question (maybe dumbest of the day) about Attachments/Implements

    Is there a difference in a tractor implement and a tractor attachment? Are they interchangeable terms? I have a feeling it will be something like an implement goes on the front and an attachment goes on the back.

    Thanks for the education!

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    Default Re: Question (maybe dumbest of the day) about Attachments/Implements

    My definition: an implement is what a tractor uses to do work. An attachment is an implement that is attached and carried by the tractor, not just pulled.

    A front end loader would be an attachment. A towed hay rake would be an implement.

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    Default Re: Question (maybe dumbest of the day) about Attachments/Implements

    I consider them interchangeable terms. Go to Everything Attachments site. If it can be hooked onto a tractor, front or back, they probably carry it.

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    Default Re: Question (maybe dumbest of the day) about Attachments/Implements

    Interesting question and after reading dozens of links from various Google searches, bcp's explanation seems to be the popular difference but, John Deere calls everything an attachment.

    http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/products/attachment/utility_tractors/utility_tractors.page?cid=SEM_usa_CUT_PO&%3D{mobil e}
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    Default Re: Question (maybe dumbest of the day) about Attachments/Implements

    Implements are ground contact equipment PULLED by the tractor.

    Attachments mount on the tractor indirectly, usually through the Front End Loader; attachments are only indirectly linked to the tractor and tractor weight distribution.

    However, the two terms are undisciplined in use, to the detriment of clarity.

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    Default Re: Question (maybe dumbest of the day) about Attachments/Implements

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff9366 View Post
    Implements are ground contact equipment PULLED by the tractor.

    Attachments mount on the tractor indirectly, usually through the Front End Loader; attachments are only indirectly linked to the tractor and tractor weight distribution.

    However, the two terms are undisciplined in use, to the detriment of clarity.
    What would you call a Post hole digger? Or a Backhoe?
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    Default Re: Question (maybe dumbest of the day) about Attachments/Implements

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff9366 View Post
    Implements are ground contact equipment PULLED by the tractor.

    Attachments mount on the tractor indirectly, usually through the Front End Loader; attachments are only indirectly linked to the tractor and tractor weight distribution.

    However, the two terms are undisciplined in use, to the detriment of clarity.
    The devil is always in the details. There might also be a problem with PTO wood chippers or snowblowers (would a rear-mounted, PTO-driven snowblower be an implement, but a hydraulic FEL-mounted snowblower be an attachment?)...

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    Default Re: Question (maybe dumbest of the day) about Attachments/Implements

    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    What would you call a Post hole digger? Or a Backhoe?
    I guess if you were dragging them along the ground as the principle use, it would be an implement, an example would be a plow. I don't know for a fact though.

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    Default Re: Question (maybe dumbest of the day) about Attachments/Implements

    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    What would you call a Post hole digger? Or a Backhoe?
    Attachments.

    A PTO powered generator is an attachment too.

    If a little tiny bird perches itself on the Three Point Hitch it remains just a tiny little bird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff9366 View Post
    Attachments. A PTO powered generator is an attachment too.

    If a little tiny bird perches itself on the Three Point Hitch it remains just a tiny little bird.

    Question: How many Angels can dance on the head of one Three Point Lower Link?
    Angels don't dance.
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